Christ Consciousness? (Read Video Description)
the philosophy of "Christ Consciousness" is based upon the belief that Jesus was a god, but not God. Jesus does say “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Of course, that is the KJV translation and we cannot fault non-believers for not understanding it without context. The ESV translation of this same verse says, “nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (emphasis mine). Part of what Jesus is explaining to the Pharisees here is that God Himself was already among them; in that Jesus is God. Further, because they did not believe, they could not “see” this. In John 3:3Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Christ consciousness claims a belief in Jesus Christ, but it actually promotes faith in one’s own ability to make oneself pleasing to God through attitude changes and mystical experiences. Galatians 2:16 states that “a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ . . . that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” Faith in Christ does not mean we strive to be like Him in our own strength. He did not present Himself as a great moral teacher. He was crucified because He claimed to be the “only begotten Son of God” (John 1: 14, 18; 3:15–18; 1 John 4:9). Becoming “conformed to the image of Christ” (Romans 8:29) comes through the power of the Holy Spirit, given to those who repent and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord (John 1:12; Mark 6:12; 2 Corinthians 5:5). The only “Christ consciousness” the Bible teaches is found in Philippians 2:5–7, “Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” First Corinthians 2:16 says that, as believers, we “have the mind of Christ.” But this is stated in the context of the spiritual man versus the natural man, who is unable to understand the things of the Spirit (verses 14–15). When we are born again (John 3:3), we receive the Holy Spirit as a gift (Luke 24:49; Acts 2:38). He enables us to comprehend spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14), serve Jesus from a heart of love (Mark 7:6; 1 Peter 4:11), and live righteously despite temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 3:8–10). First John 4:1 gives us direction concerning philosophies such as Christ consciousness: “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” The consciousness that pleases Christ is for human beings to recognize that we are sinners (Romans 3:23), confess Jesus as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:8–9), and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). So, is Christ consciousness a true form of Christianity? One site explains the Christ consciousness as “a level of awareness where you no longer see error in any action that you do or in any other human being, but see only the beauty and perfection in all things. For the Christ Consciousness does not judge, does not criticize, coerce, tempt[,] does not condone, does not react negatively.” Is that what Jesus did and taught? The Scriptures are clear that Jesus was crucified precisely for criticizing and “reacting negatively” to the established religious system of His day (Mark 12:12; Luke 20:19–20). He did not see “the beauty and perfection in all things.” Instead, He rebuked the arrogant (Matthew 12:34), commanded the sinners to stop sinning (John 5:14; 8:11), and made it clear that not even those who thought they had achieved Christ consciousness would inherit eternal life (Matthew 7:21–23).
We need to pray for her and for those who are still deceived, blindly hanging on her every word or the words of any secular celebrity. this woman is not the enemy – she is deceived – but she obviously believes she has all the answers regarding God, life, spirituality, and eternity.
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